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ACED Virtual Summer School 2021: Precision Early Detection for All


We invite you to Manchester to join us for the Third Annual ACED Summer School, where we will delve into the topics of early detection science in a COVID-19 impacted world pandemic.

Date: 9th - 12th August 2021
Time: 16:00 - 19:00 BST 
Hosted virtually.

In this year’s Summer School, we will delve into the topics of early detection science set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the wider health inequalities it has highlighted.

The Summer School will cover themes including:

  • The science and technology behind cancer early detection innovations and diagnostics
  • Case studies of early detection in healthcare systems
  • Health inequalities and the effects on early detection
  • The barriers in implementing precision early detection initiatives.


Who should attend?


The ACED Virtual Summer School is open to academic, healthcare, corporate and trainee delegates. The programme will provide valuable insight into early detection science and is therefore well suited to PhD students from across the UK and US member centres.

A select number of scholarships are available for each member centre; anyone interested should contact your local ACED Programme Manager.

Following you attending the Summer School, we hope you will:

  • Understand more about how health inequalities impact early detection
  • Understand the importance of precision early detection
  • Identify how your research can help overcome health inequalities


The Programme


We are developing an immersive and engaging programme that includes presentations from international speakers, panel discussions involving academics, members of the public and patient representatives, as well as networking and engagement opportunities for you to meet your peers from different centres.

A full programme agenda will be circulated in early May.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Robert Bristow, The University of Manchester and ACED Manchester Co-Director
  • Professor Tim Rebbeck, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Faber Cancer Institute
  • Professor Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health, Wigan Council
  • Professor David Wedge, The University of Manchester
  • Professor Shonit Punwani, University College London




Registration will open shortly, and you can register via Eventbrite. for a limited period, early bird registrants will be able to save 50% of the registration fee. The limited availability offer will be active from when registration opens until mid-May.




We gratefully acknowledge the support of the International Alliance for Cancer Early Detection (ACED) as well as each member centre: Cancer Research UK, the Canary Center at Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU, University College London and The University of Manchester.


Contact us

For further information on the 2021 ACED Summer School, please contact the ACED Manchester team:

Martin Bone, ACED Summer School Director
E: martin.bone@manchester.ac.uk 

Ellena Badrick, ACED Summer School Manager
E: ellena.badrick@manchester.ac.uk

* Please note, in light of the current global situation, the physical ACED Summer School offering is subject to change depending on the latest advice from government and healthcare officials as well as current travel guidance. We will communicate any updates on our plans as soon as possible.